Compressing an OVF using OVFTool by VMWare
I exported a VM to OVF from VMWare workstation. Now I am trying to run the OVFTool to set a higher level of compression.
When I run the OVF Tool, I am getting:
Error: Failed to open OVF descriptor
Also does anyone know what level of compression the default Export As OVF does?
From VMware kb:
So if I am reading this correctly, maybe the OVFTool only works for non-vmware created OVF files?
From what I am reading now, it appears that the OVF uses compression level 5. It is possible to gain extra compression by using a tool like 7 zip but the gains are very minimal. On a 4GB VM you may see it drop to 3.9GB if you compress it again using 7zip. The minor gain isn't worth having to compress it twice IMO.